The European Union (EU) has restated its position on Israeli settlements, affirming their illegality under international law and emphasising that they pose a threat to the viability of a two-state solution and hinder the prospects for peace.
A spokesperson for the EU issued a statement on Monday evening expressing concern over changes made by the Israeli government to the settlement planning and management process, which are expected to expedite the planning and approval of new settlements. The EU called on Israel to refrain from implementing these changes.
The EU spokesperson further highlighted that such unilateral actions undermine efforts to maintain calm and reduce tensions on the ground. The EU emphasised its continued support for the statements made in Aqaba and Sharm el-Sheikh, urging all parties involved to recommit to de-escalation and work towards a political resolution.
Additionally, the EU expressed its concern about the recent events in Jenin, which resulted in civilian casualties. The EU called for a thorough examination of these incidents and stressed the need to protect the lives and well-being of civilians.